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MH2450 International Seminar in Material Processes 6.0 credits

This course provides an overview of scientific communication skills and project management. Students will get the chance to practice their new communication and project management skills in a short project that runs throughout the autumn semester. Students will present the outcomes of their project at an international seminar together with students from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and - NEW FOR 2022 - University of Oulu, Finland. The project will be communicated in an oral presentation, a poster and a written report.

In 2022, we will travel to Trondheim for the joint seminar.  Students will share a room with other students of the same gender.  Travel, accommodation and food for the seminar will be paid by KTH or provided by NTNU. If the seminar is likely to pose a problem for you, please contact the course leader before registering for the course.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2450 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of a major project aiming to provide a deepened understanding of Materials Science and Process Design together with training in general engineering abilities.

The different projects should deal with problems within Science and Process Design, integrating technical aspects and society’s demands as to laws and regulations, ethics, economy and environment.

The course responsible provides suitable projects and a special supervisor is assigned to each project. It is possible to suggest projects, but a KTH supervisor is always assigned.

The work is done individually or in groups of 2-3 participants.

The project should contain the following parts

  • Project planning
  • Project meetings, possibly with the supervisor (about 1 h/week)
  • A literature survey
  • Performing experiments, calculations and similar
  • Analysis and conclusions
  • Written report
  • Oral presentation

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and manage a technical project
  • Writing a scientific report within a specific area of materials and process design
  • Present a scientific report writing and orally in national and international seminars
  • Oppose on presentations of the corresponding scientific reports
  • Relate to and discuss society's expectations concerning ethics, economy and environment

Course disposition

Period 1
Lectures 10 h
Project 60 h

Period 2
Lectures 4 h
Project 60 h
Seminar 24 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A sound knowledge of Materials science and engineering

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PROA - Project, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The student must:

  • Make an oral presentation at the final seminar (in English)
  • Orally oppose a project at the final seminar (in English)

And submit:

  • A problem formulation report including the results of the literary survey (in English)
  • A final report (in English)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MH2450

Offered by

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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